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I’ve had a rug dilemma for some time now.  If you’ll recall in the beginning, we were back and forth in our living room redesign on the couch color first designing the room with a white sofa, then updating to navy.  When the couch color changed the original idea to have an indigo rug also changed.  We brought in a colorful kilim to help bring in some of the indigo hues, but not to overwhelm the room with too much blue.

My issue with the kilim has always been the color.  I liked it, but felt like the rest of the room had to be super sparse to balance all of the color from the couch and the rug.  As I’ve been trying to work on the art and the cushions and accessories, I just keep hitting wall with all of the color.  This is issue #1.

Issue #2 is that the kilim rug weave is a little off kilter.  I got it on craigslist and it had been in it’s original packaging, but I am not sure how long or in what heat it had been rolled… so the rug had a crazy ripple in it.  I thought the ripple would relax over time, but after almost two months of this rug being in the living room, it still was so wonky that it tripped us up every single time we were walking through.

One day last week, I was so overwhelmed with a day of the baby crying and tripped over the rug yet again and basically freaked out on the rug.  I made Matt take every piece of furniture out of the room, then we wet the whole thing down, ironed it, and laid out marble slabs on it to try and flatten it out.


It did not work.

So, all other internet advice said to lay the rug out with no furniture on it for a prolonged period of time.  This is where the story gets interesting.  The only room I had that I could use to lay a rug out without being bothered was the attic.  BUT I had a beautiful 100% wool Moroccan rug from Plush Rugs arriving any day for the attic redesign.

So I did what anyone would do and put the black and white Moroccan rug in the living room and the colorful kilim in the attic.  I thought, “We’ll just live like this until the kilim rug is fixed.”


Trouble is, I am really liking the shag rug with the living room decor.  It’s already made me feel 10x better about some of the other decor decisions I have yet to make in that space.  The art seems to work better, the pillows seem to work better, an ottoman I’m recovering also seems to work better.  But, I did really like the color the kilim brought to the room and how it helped bring more blues so that the sofa wasn’t the only blue thing.


Now, I’m just so torn.  Tell me, what is your favorite look?

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  • Ok. My first thought is I really love the colored rug. But, it’s just not doing it. Then I looked at the white one. I like it but it’s not the rug for that room. If your leather chair was white, it would work. The brown chair feels too dark. Maybe a white slipcover? I can’t believe I’m saying that because I love leather chairs. But when I look at the room, I want to grab a white chair and put it there. Then throw a pillow in the sofa color on the chair. Tie the blue in elsewhere around the room with some small accents. Not many. I like the colored rug with the sofa. The white rug is nice but not there. Are you going to post a diy for the ottoman cover? I plan to recover one of mine before Christmas and am nervous. Love your sofa.

  • I really love the kilim rug in the living room, but that ripple would drive me crazy and is not safe. The white rug seems fine, I would just bring in some more colors with pillows or something.

  • I LOVE the second rug! It makes the room feel brighter, instantly. I’m not super huge on color so the blue couch and a couple accents are more than enough for my taste!

  • Shag!

  • The second look with the lighter rug looks better!

  • White rug for sure. Lightens up the room and feels so much more fresh!

  • I like the kilim! I like the white rug but it’s not right for the space.

  • The Moroccan shag looks so much more in tune with the room. It just seems to me to be a more focused, cohesive look for the room. I find the kilim to be unsettling with the brown chair. Too much.

  • I’m a fan of the white shag rug! It make the room feel much more calm and airy. I feel like the kilim rug is a little overwhelming in that space. I also feel like with the white shag rug you have the ability to do so much more with accessories and switch them up whenever you need an extra kick in the room.

  • At the beginning of your post I thought I would like the kilim better for sure, however the shag is perfect in there. Makes it brighter and gives more potential to the rest of the room, plus it makes the room look much bigger. And if you felt 10x better right when you laid it down, go with your gut.

  • I like the kilm rug with the brown chair and blue sofa, it ties it together and grounds the room. To me, the shag makes the sofa look out of place/ too bold of a blue. The kilm is colorful but in a subtle way.

  • Love that shag rug!
    I had the same, but had to get rid of it.
    Once your little one starts crawling, it starts shedding :/
    I was afraid my little one would choke!

    Keep the Kilim 🙂

    …congrats on your little one!

  • The Kilim looks better to me. Maybe I’d dislike the Moroccan white shag less in the room if the coffee table had a darker top? My 2 cents. Good luck! (Love your decorating style!)

  • I like the Moroccan Shag. (I may be biased since i also have it.) You can add the Kilim style or mud cloth in pillows to bring in the color.

  • I like the kilim rug so much better. The white makes the room feel so bland and the kilim gives it life. That said, it’s YOUR house; so if you like the shag, use the shag! Or maybe find another rug with color that doesn’t have the ripple?

  • Go with the Kilim if you have to choose either. The shag with the stripes looks raggedy already.

  • I love the white shag!The other looks nice but the white,clean look is very Erin Souder. Maeve will also appreciate it when she starts moving around the room.A very soft place for her to land 🙂

  • I vote the white one, but it makes me think you need some color up higher. My first thought was a valance over your window. (I swear I’m only 34). But, second thought is much better, paint the ceiling. Nothing crazy, just something to give the room a little oomph. A light bluish grey? Ceiling painting is the worst. But it can make a huge impact.

  • I like the colorful run but the ripple is crazy. I have had shag type rugs in the past few years and over time tend to get matted. Reading all the post it seems to be a toss up 🙂

  • the ben ourain for sure

  • White shag!

  • Make pillows out of the kiln rug?!

  • I love the Killim rug!! The ripple would also drive me crazy. Have you reached out to the company at all to see if they have any suggestions?